Upper airway function in the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnea: a review of the current literature.

@article{Owens2008UpperAF,
  title={Upper airway function in the pathogenesis of obstructive sleep apnea: a review of the current literature.},
  author={Robert L Owens and Danny J Eckert and Susie Yim Yeh and Atul Malhotra},
  journal={Current opinion in pulmonary medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={14 6},
  pages={519-24}
}
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Obstructive sleep apnea is an increasingly prevalent disease, with a considerable societal burden. The disease is defined by recurrent intermittent collapse of the upper airway. Understanding of and treatment for the disease is largely confined to relief of the mechanical obstruction of the upper airway by application of continuous positive airway pressure, and less commonly weight loss or surgery. However, recent work has focused on the function, rather than structure alone… CONTINUE READING

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